New equipment purchase revitalises Warsaw’s tram network

The recent purchase of new tram equipment – made possible thanks to the EU’s Cohesion Fund – will bring long-term benefits to citizens and commuters living and working in the Warsaw metropolitan area. The project will help to strengthen transport links within the city and encourage the use of more sustainable modes of transport.

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Revamping Warsaw’s trams

The projects key long term objective has been to improve sustainable urban mobility in the Warsaw metropolitan area. This was achieved through the purchase of 85 new trams, which are deployed throughout the network. 

By increasing the attractiveness and accessibility of trams as a means of getting around the city, the project contributes towards reducing congestion on the road and encourages the use of greener and more sustainable modes of transport. 

Increased capacity

The 85 newly purchased tram units offers 15 280 extra places on the network. The project therefore helps to ensure that tram capacity in the city meets the growing demand for public transport. A total of 875 144 540 journeys were taken by public transport in 2016. Thanks to the upgraded urban transport system an additional 1 810 952 journeys were able to be made. 

The project has also sought to ensure that urban mobility is as comfortable and convenient as possible. The modern new fleet of low-floor trams have been adapted for the elderly and the disabled, ensuring that public transport is available to all citizens. By increasing the attractiveness of tramways, the project expects to encourage more and more people to use this sustainable and efficient mode of transport. This will help to alleviate congestion in the city and save commuters time. 

After the fall of communism in 1989, the extensive tram system in Warsaw initially received little investment, with a large part of the city's budget spent on the construction of the first Warsaw Metro line. However, since 2005, the situation has been changing with the purchase of new rolling stock and the modernisation of key tram lines. This project is very much in line with the goal of installing a first-class tram system in the Polish capital.

Total investment and EU funding 

Total investment for the project “Purchase of low-floor trams for the public transport in Warsaw” is EUR 141 026 683, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 91 748 366 through the “Infrastructure and Environment” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period. The investment falls under the priority “Environment-friendly Transport”.

Draft date

26/09/2016